PROFILE
Name:
Akwid
Birth Date:
2000
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
BIOGRAPHY
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Proyecto Akwid

Background:

Akwid is a Los Angeles based hip hop group blending hip hop-style vocals with regional Mexican music. Consisting of rapper brothers Sergio “AK” Gomez and Francisco “Wikid” Gomez, the group gained a Latin Grammy nomination as well as a double platinum record with their 2003 debut, “Proyecto Akwid.” After their previous label Univision Records folded in 2008, the Latin hip hop sensation recorded under Universal's Machete Music. Their upcoming album, “Revolver,” is set to be released in July of 2012.


Mexican Immigrants

Childhood and Family:

The Gomez brothers Sergio and Francisco were born in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, México. They relocated to the United States when they were young and settled in Los Angeles. While growing up on the street of South Central Los Angeles, they found a great interest in hip hop and tried to blend that sound with elements of traditional Mexican music. It was not long before Akwid was born.


Juvenile Style

Career:

As a teenager, Sergio Gomez and Francisco Gomez formed the Juvenile Style DJ crew and they respectively took the monikers “Wikid” and “AK.” They decided to combine the hip hop style vocals with regional Mexican music and formed the group Akwid.

In June 2003, Akwid released their first studio album, “Proyecto Akwid,” on the Univision Records label. Featuring Jenni Rivera and Adan “Chalino” Sanchez, the album had gone double platinum (sold over  200,000 copies in the Latin market) and received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album as well as two Billboard Prizes. A single titled “No Hay Manera” (“There's No Way”) had a strong position at the Latin music charts.

Akwid went on to release four more studio albums under Univision before the label closed in 2008. They are “KOMP 104.9 Radio Compa” (2004), “Los Aguacates de Jiquilpan” (2005), “ E.S.L.” (2006) and “La Novela” (2007). The group also released compilations albums:  “Crossover” (2004), “Hoy, Ayer, and Forever” (2004) and “Siempre” (2004) (all under 2-k Sounds) as well as “Kickin' It Juntos” (with Jae-P, (2005), “Still Kickin' It” (with Jae-P, 2005), “Live in Japan” (2006), “Dos En Uno” (2006), “Greatest Exitos” (2007) and “No Hay Manera y Muchos Exitos Mas: Linea de Oro” (2007) (all via Univision).

Akwid is now signed with Universal's Machete Music. The group's first album with the label, “Clasificado 'R',” was released in 2010. The group's new album, “Revolver,” will be released in July 2012.


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